Olive trees and olive oil: Understanding what they mean in the Bible

Olive trees and olive oil: These staples of the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern regions are mentioned frequently in both the Old and New Testaments.


Why are they special and why do they figure so much in the teachings of so many?



Joseph Prince

Evangelist Joseph Prince preaches that understanding the olive tree helps you understand God’s plans for you.


“When you study the olive tree, you will be blessed because every part of the tree has a meaning,” Prince wrote. “Today, when you go to the Garden of Gethsemane in Israel, you will find really old olive trees with gnarled trunks. Interestingly, the trunk of an olive tree is hollow unlike most trees.


“Why is the olive tree trunk hollow?” Prince asked. “ The olive tree represents each of us and God wants us to remember always that we are created by God with this purpose—to contain Him only, not ourselves or the devil.”


Prince sees great significance to how olive oil is made.


“To get the oil, the fruit and its seed have to be crushed by a great weight in an olive press,” he wrote. “The crushing also removes the bitterness. In the same manner, Jesus was crushed under the burden and weight of our sins, and under the judgment of a holy God. He was crushed to become the anointing oil that heals us today.”


Find out more about the meaning of the olive tree and olive oil in this sermon by Prince.

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